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Friday, May 15, 2009 6:23 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

( — Daniel Goddard and Christel Khalil from CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” welcome you to

While their characters got married on today’s episode of daytime’s number one soap opera, Goddard (Cane Ashby) and Khalil (Lily Winters Ashby) took time out of their busy day to personally thank you for visiting Soap Opera Network, which has been “Bringing. Drama. Closer.” since October 2001.

The promotional spot is in conjunction with the drama’s “Wedding of a Lifetime” Sweepstakes, which recently announced its four finalists.

Soap Opera Network would like to thank everyone at CBS, Sony Pictures Television and “The Young and the Restless”, particularly Daniel Goddard and Christel Khalil, for working with us during this campaign and allowing us to get the message out about the importance of love and how without it, one will always be missing something in life.


“The Young and the Resltess” airs Weekdays on CBS. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

Discussion: ‘Y&R’ Welcomes You to

  • The Young and the Restless
  • Soap Opera Network
  • Daniel Goddard
  • Christel Khalil

    Thursday, May 14, 2009 11:50 AM ET | By Errol Lewis – (updated 4:51 PM ET)

    ( — On Thursday, May 14, 2009 during the fourth hour of NBC’s telecast of “The Today Show”, nominations were announced for “The 36th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards”. The list included Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actress, Outstanding Lead Actor, Outstanding Supporting Actress and Outstanding Supporting Actor.

    After the awards, the full list of nominations were released online at the official Daytime Emmy Awards website.

    A private nomination party will be held later this evening in New York City. Soap Opera Network will be there and live Tweeting. If you haven’t done so already, follow us on Twitter.

    For your entertainment pleasure, here is a list of those that can now breathe easy knowing they received a nomination in the following categories:

    Outstanding Drama Series

    • All My Children (ABC) – Julie Hanan Carruthers, Executive Producer; Charles Pratt Jr., Consulting Producer; Nadine Aronson, Coordinating Producer; Karen Johnson, Producer; Ginger Smith, Producer
    • The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS) – Bradley P. Bell, Executive Producer; Rhonda Friedman, Supervising Producer; Ron Weaver, Senior Producer; Adam Dusevoir, Coordinating Producer; Cynthia P. Popp, Producer
    • Days of our Lives (NBC) – Ken Corday, Executive Producer; Edward Scott, Co-Executive Producer; Gary Tomlin, Co-Executive Producer; Janet Spellman-Rider, Senior Coordinating Producer; Tom Walker, Senior Coordinating Producer; Time Stevens, Coordinating Producer; Albert Alarr, Producer

    Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

    • Debbi Morgan (Angie Hubbard, “All My Children”)
    • Maura West (Carly Snyder, “As The World Turns”)
    • Susan Flannery (Stephanie Forrester, “The Bold and the Beautiful”)
    • Susan Haskell (Marty Saybrooke, “One Life to Live”)
    • Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor, “The Young and the Restless”)

    Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

    • Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater, “All My Children”)
    • Peter Reckell (Bo Brady, “Days of our Lives”)
    • Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer, “General Hospital”)
    • Daniel Cosgrove (Bill Lewis, “Guiding Light”)
    • Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael Baldwin, “The Young and the Restless”)

    Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

    • Melissa Claire Egan (Annie Lavery, “All My Children”)
    • Alicia Minshew (Kendall Hart Slater, “All My Children”)
    • Julie Pinson (Janet Ciccone, “As The World Turns”)
    • Tamara Braun (Ava Vitali, “Days of our Lives”)
    • Bree Williamson (Jessica Buchanan, “One Life to Live”)

    Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

    • Vincent Irizarry (David Hayward, “All My Children”)
    • Jacob Young (JR Chandler, “All My Children”)
    • Van Hansis (Luke Snyder, “As The World Turns”)
    • Bradford Anderson (Damian Spinelli, “General Hospital”)
    • Jeff Branson (Shayne Lewis, “Guiding Light”)

    Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series

    • Meredith Hagner (Liberty Ciccone, “As The World Turns”)
    • Rachel Melvin (Chelsea Brady, “Days of our Lives”)
    • Kirsten Storms (Maxie Jones, “General Hospital”)
    • Julie Berman (Lulu Spencer, “General Hospital”)
    • Emily O’Brien (Jana Fisher, “The Young and the Restless”)

    Outstanding Young Actor in a Drama Series

    • Cornelius Smith Jr. (Frankie Hubbard, “All My Children”)
    • Darin Brooks (Max Brady, “Days of our Lives”)
    • Blake Berris (Nick Fallon, “Days of our Lives”)
    • EJ Bonilla (Rafe Rivera, “Guiding Light”)
    • Bryton McClure (Devon Hamilton, “The Young and the Restless”)

    New Approaches – Daytime Entertainment

    • All My Children (ABC) – Julie Hanan Carruthers, Executive Producer (“All My Children”); Enza Dolce, Producer
    • I Met the Walrus (YouTube) – Jerry Levitan, Producer; Josh Raskin, Director, Writer.
    • Imaginary Bitches (YouTube) – Andrew Miller, Executive Producer, Director, Head Writer; Seth Cohen, Producer; Judson MOrgan, Producer; Nichole Millard, Writer; Jeff Poliquin, Writer; Kathryn Price, Writer; Sam Riegel, Writer; Quyen Tran, Cinematographer; Tatiana Riegel, Editor; Connie Fletcher Staton, Performer; Jessalyn Gilsig, Performer; Elizabeth Hendrickson, Performer; James Kee, Performer; Charlie Koznick, Performer; Brooke Nevin, Performer; Eden Riegel, Performer; Greg Rikaart, Performer; Michael Traynor, Performer; Chandra West, Performer, Brittany Ishibashi, Performer.
    • TAC.TV (Internet) – Catalina Brieceno, Producer; Michel Beaudet, Created by, Executive Producer, Writer and Director; Bruce Dinsmore, Voice; Howard Schrier, Writer-English Adaptations; Hugo Caron, Art Director, Layouts; Alexis Cadieux, Writer; Simon Parizeau, Production Supervisor, Editor, Sound Editor.
    • The New York Style Magazine Screen Tests ( – Stefano Tonchi, Editor, T: Style; Janet Froelich, Creative Director; Judith Puckett-Rinella, Senior Photography Editor; Horacio Silva, Online Director; Jenny Hung, Visual Editor; Lynn Hirschberg, Editor at Large; Greg Brunkalla, Director.

    Outstanding Achievement for a Casting Director for a Drama Series

    • As The World Turns (CBS) – Mary Clay Boland, Casting Director
    • Days of our Lives (NBC) – Marine Saitta, Casting Director
    • General Hospital (ABC) – Mark Teschner, Casting Director

    Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team

    • All My Children (ABC) - Names to follow…
    • Days of our Lives (NBC) - Names to follow…
    • One Life to Live (ABC) – Names to follow…

    Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team

    • All My Children (ABC) - Names to follow…
    • The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS) – Names to follow…
    • General Hospital (ABC) – Names to follow…
    • One Life to Live (ABC) – Names to follow…

    Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling for a Drama Series

    • The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS) – Names to follow…
    • General Hospital (ABC) – Names to follow…
    • Passions (DirecTV) – Names to follow…

    Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design for a Drama Series

    • All My Children (ABC) - David Zyla, Costume Designer; James P. Hammer, Costume Designer; Kate Jones, Costume Designer.
    • One Life to Live (ABC) – Susan Gammie, Costume Designer; Sally Lesser, Costume Designer; David Brooks, Costume Designer.
    • The Young and the Restless (CBS) – Jennifer Johns, Costume Designer

    Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction for a Drama Series

    • All My Children (ABC) – Names to follow…
    • Days of our Lives (NBC) – Names to follow…
    • One Life to Live (ABC) – Names to follow…
    • The Young and the Restless (CBS) – Names to follow…

    Outstanding Achievement in Live & Direct to Tape Sound Mixing for a Drama Series

    • All My Children (ABC) – Names to follow…
    • Days of our Lives (NBC) – Names to follow…
    • One Life to Live (ABC) – Names to follow…

    Outstanding Achievement in Makeup for a Drama Series

    • The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS) - Names to follow…
    • Days of our Lives (NBC) – Names to follow…
    • One Life to Live (ABC) – Names to follow…

    Outstanding Achievement in Multiple Camera Editing for a Drama Series

    • All My Children (ABC) – Names to follow…
    • As The Wolrd Turns (CBS) – Names to follow…
    • One Life to Live (ABC) – Names to follow…

    Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series

    • All My Children (ABC) – Names to follow…
    • Days of our Lives (NBC) – Names to follow…
    • The Young and the Restless (CBS) – Names to follow…

    Outstanding Original Song for a Drama Series

    • Guiding Light (CBS) – The Leaver (Getting Left) – Names to follow…
    • One Life to Live (ABC) – We All Fall Down – Names to follow…
    • The Young and the Restless (CBS) – All My Days Filled With You - Names to follow…
    • The Young and the Restless (CBS) – For All Time – Names to follow…

    Outstanding Achievement in Technical Direction/Electronic Camera/Video Control for a Drama Series

    • All My Children (ABC) – Names to follow…
    • One Life to Live (ABC) – Names to follow…
    • The Young and the Restless (CBS) – Names to follow…

    Outstanding Achievment in Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design for a Drama Series

    • All My Children (ABC) – Roger Mooney, Production Designer; Chas Plummer, Scenic Designer; Joel Reynolds, Scenic Designer; Martin Fahrer, Scenic Design.
    • The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS) – Jack Forrestel, Production Designer; Fabrice Kenwood, Art Director; Elsa Zamparelli, Set Decorator; Charlotte Garnell Scheide, Set Decorator.
    • Days of our Lives (NBC) – Dan Olexiewicz, Production Designer; Tom Early, Art Director; Jennifer Savala, Art Director; Danielle Mullen, Set Decorator.

    Outstanding Promotional Announcement – Episodic

    • 2008 Video Music Awards Host Campaign (MTV) – Names to follow…
    • All My Children (ABC) – Names to follow…
    • Dr. Phil (Syndicated) – Names to follow…
    • The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Syndicated) – Names to follow…

    Hosted by “Ugly Betty” star Vanessa William, “The 36th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards” will air Live on Sunday, August 30, 2009 at 8:00 PM ET on The CW Television Network from the historic Orpheum Theatre in in Los Angeles, California.

    Discussion: The 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Nominees

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    • All My Children
    • One Life to Live
    • The Young and the Restless
    • Days of our Lives
    • General Hospital
    • As The World Turns
    • Guiding Light
    • The Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards

      Wednesday, May 13, 2009 11:03 PM ET | By Scotty Gore — Nash Brennan may have died a year ago, but that isn’t stopping “One Life to Live” from introducing the deceased character’s estranged parents.

      It was a serious of horrific accidents that led to death of father and husband Nash Brennan in May of 2008, the shock of which led his widow Jessica to a nervous breakdown resulting in the resurfacing of her struggles with DID.

      Now, one year removed from the tradegy, Jessica is finally beginning to put the pieces of her life back together again. However, there remains one secret that could again shatter her already fragile state of mind. As the news of baby Chloe’s true maternity begins to rear its ugly head around Llanview, Jessica begins to retreat into her own mind. With the heiress unable to comprehend what is happening around her, Jess’ domaineering gate-keeper alternate personality Bess soon resurfaces to get a grasp on the situation. Along the road, Tess, her free-spirit counterpart, also looks to cause trouble for those involved.

      But it is Bess who, while pretending to be Jessica, goes on the run with baby Chloe and seeks a safe haven with Phil and Cindy Brennan, the long absent parents of Jessica’s late husband Nash. At this time, “OLTL” has not released the names of the actors potraying either character, however they will first air on May 28th when Bess and Chloe show up on their doorstep.

      Eric Martin Brown returns once more as Stan, Stacy’s old Vegas boss, the week of May 26th, as he demands the former stripper return the money she stole from him. In addition, he will also have to tangle with Rex, who believes Stacy is an angel sent form Heaven above to save his son’s life with her stem cells.

      With the KAD serial killer storyline reaching a climax later this month, “OLTL” is confirming that Sean Moynihan and Jessica Kaye are out as convicted rapist Powell Lord III and his evil sidekick Rebecca Lewis during the week of May 18th.

      Look for another dayplayer role on June 26th.

      And “OLTL” released to new audition scripts on Tuesday of this week. The first is for a “Justice of the Peace.” In this dayplayer role, a wedding cermony is being performed. Toward the end of the ceremony, the justice states that ‘John’ and ‘Karen’ have asked their loves ones to join with them as they make a public display of a private commitment they have already made with one another. As the scene ends, he tells those in attendance that the couple knows how much everyone cares for them, and that they are about to witness their holy union as they prepare to spend the rest of their lives together. From the tone of the script, it appears that the couple was recently married privately, and is now reaffirming their vows in a public ceremony. And, as is common policy with “OLTL,” the names are frequently changed in audition scripts to throw off the viewer.

      The second script is somewhat more complex, and is for the role of ‘Brenden.’ The scene begins with Brenden, who is apparently a teenager, being introduced to ‘Ron’ and ‘Jim’ by ‘Lynn.’ Apparently his drug counselor, Lynn calls Brenden a friend. Brenden responds by telling Lynn that’s it alright to reveal that she is his counselor and that she (Lynn) is really great. Ron asks Brenden is telling the truth, to which he responds that, before he met Lynn, he stayed so high he couldn’t even skateboard. Lynn says that they should see how good Brenden skates now that he has kicked his drug habit. Brenden states that he got a little scrapped up a short time ago while trying to do a kickup and needs to get some ice from ‘Carlotta’ to put on his injury. Jim tells Brenden that he needs to start wearing a helmet, prompting Brenden to ask him if he was the one who sent the flowers to Lynn. Ron speaks up and confessing that he was the one who sent them to her. When Lynn asks Brenden how he feels, he becomes nervous and states that he is 42 days clean, but asks to take some aspirin for his headache from his skateboarding accident. Brenden ignores Jim’s suggestion that he go to the emergency room to get checked out, and becomes agitated when Jim asks him exactly where he hit his head. As the scene draws to a close, Brenden points out to Jim just where he bumped his head, and states that it really hurts. However, when Lynn asks Brenden the extent of his injuries, he questions how she knows his name.

      “One Life to Live” airs weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

      Discussion: Casting a Dead Man’s Family on ‘One Life’

      Wednesday, May 13, 2009 2:30 PM EST | By Angela Rosa

      ( — A murder mystery brings both some new and some not so new faces to “All My Children” this May.

      Look for Jennifer Bassey to air in her first “All My Children” episodes of the year this May. Marian Colby Chandler’s return will coincide with the recent returns of Marian’s daughter, Liza (Jamie Luner), and step-son, Scott (Adam Mayfield), as well as the soaps reportedly shocking Monday, May 18 murder.

      The wonderfully talented Bassey has played Marian off and on since 1983 and taken the character from a not so terrific mother, she bedded her daughter’s boyfriend (Michael E. Knight’s Tad), to the woman who surprised herself by falling madly in love with the sweet and good Stuart Chandler (David Canary). The Emmy nominee has been with “AMC” in a recurring capacity since 2003, and last appeared on the soap in May of 2008.

      Jennifer Bassey makes the first of several appearances on Friday, May 22.

      The lovely Lee Meriwether will retrieve Ruth Martin out of the Martin attic on Thursday, May 28 when Pine Valley bids an emotional farewell to one of it’s long-time citizens. Miss America 1955 began playing the Martin matriarch in 1996.

      In other news correlating with the upcoming murder mystery, “AMC” has cast the roles of D.A. Henry North and his wife. North will first appear on-screen next week. Expect to see Mr. North’s wife sometime in mid-June. At this time, “AMC” has not released the names of the actors who will be portraying either character. D.A. North, who is described as ruthlessly ambitious, will of course be trying his hand at finding and prosecuting the suspected killer in the upcoming storyline.

      Update (Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 12:36 PM EST): Early this morning, 26-year old Stephanie Gatschet reported on her official web site that she will be playing the role of D.A. Henry North’s wife, Madison, on “AMC.” Gatschet taped her first scenes this week and will first air on Friday, June 19. Gatschet is not new to soaps, the actress received a lot of press for the role of Tammy on “Guiding Light.” Why? Tammy was in a hot romance with her (first) cousin Jonathan (played by Emmy winner Tom Pelphrey). 

      Update (Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 9:45 PM EST)On Friday, May 22, Kieran Campion premiered in the role of D.A. Henry North. Campion has played guest-starring roles on television series such as “CSI: Miami” on CBS, NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victim’s Unit” and HBO’s hit drama “The Sopranos.” The actor, who is new to daytime, up until recently could be seen in the critically acclaimed limited-run Broadway play “The American Plan” which co-starred Mercedes Reuhl.

      Expect to see Campion and Gatschet in the roles of the troubled and trouble-making Mr. and Mrs. North throughout summer 2009 on “AMC.” Both roles are recurring.

      “All My Children” air Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


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      • Jennifer Bassey
      • Lee Meriwether

        Tuesday, May 12, 2009 1:43 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

        ( — Babe is back…in the spirit.

        Amanda Baker is reprising the role of Babe Carey this summer on “All My Children.” The ghost of the deceased Babe will appear to the father of her son, the troubled JR Chandler (Jacob Young), and to her own tortured father, David (Vincent Irizarry).

        Alexa Havins originated the role of David Hayward and Krystal Carey’s (Bobbie Eakes) daughter in the fall of 2003. Five years later, the Emmy nominated actress chose to depart the role of her own accord. Havins last “AMC” episode, on October 13, 2008, would be Amanda Baker’s first “AMC” episode. Just one year later, the character would meet a heroic death during “AMC’s” killer tornados.

        Will the former Mrs. Chandler give her stamp of approval to JR’s budding relationship with her surprise twin sister, Marissa (Brittany Allen)? Stay tuned. Baker first appears as the ghost of Babe on Thursday, June 4, then reappears on Monday, June 29.

        “All My Children” air Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

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          ‘AMC’ Actress Out?

          Monday, May 11, 2009 1:28 PM EST | By Angela Rosa

          ( — Is Janet’s little girl hitting the road?

          Long-running soap opera publication, Soap Opera Digest recently backed up the claims that the popular website Daytime Confidential first reported over a month ago: Chrishell Stause will most likely leave the cast of “All My Children” when her contract expires this summer. This is despite the news that the stunning 27-year old actress, who started in the role of the adult version of Amanda Dillon in May 2005, recently extended her contract. The extension to the contract is reportedly a short one.

          Questioned about claims of her impending departure, Stause recently told her Twitter followers “I really wish I could address all the contract rumors. I will have an answer very soon!! As soon as I get clearance I will tell you first.” Although it’s not written in stone, typically when actors are put under some form of a gag order it coincides with an impending departure that the network doesn’t want revealed quite yet.

          There’s no word out on whether or not the role of Amanda Dillon, a character who is currently in a hot romance with Dr. Jake Martin (Ricky Paull Goldin) and carrying Dr. David Hayward’s (Vincent Irizarry) child, will be left vacant or recast in the event of Stause’s departure. Soap Opera Network will keep you updated on the latest developments.

          “All My Children” air Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

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            Monday, May 11, 2009 11:30 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

            ( — Well that was fast! Just days after it was announced that Rick Hearst would be leaving ABC’s “General Hospital”, is reporting that the actor has signed on the dotted line with CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” to reprise his organic character Whipple ‘Whip’ Jones III.

            Last seen in August 2002, Whip left town after divorcing Brooke Logan Forrester (Katherine Kelly Lang) once their charade of a marriage began to unfold. He is back from working abroad for Forrester International. It is understood that Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery) sends for Mr. Jones as she feels he is the best person to handle a PR Campaign for Jackie M. Knowing Whip, he isn’t back in Los Angeles just to get work done.

            Hearst’s first airdate on “B&B” is scheduled for Friday, July 17. His final appearance on “GH” as Ric Lansing is set to air in June, but ABC yet to confirm a last airdate.

            In addition to his extensive work in daytime, Rick has appeared in a number of primetime series including The WB’s “Charmed”, FOX’s “Beverly Hills, 90210″ and USA Network’s “Pacific Blue”. In 2005, he joined an all-star soap opera cast in the Corbin Bernsen film “Carpool Guy”. The film told the story of a guy named Joel (Hearst), who finds himself stuck in life – not in traffic. He is aided by a homeless man (played by Anthony Geary, Luke Spencer “General Hospital”) that sets him on the right path. The film also starred Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy Wesley, “Days of our Lives”), Sharon Case (Sharon Newman Abbott, “The Young and the Restless”), Sean Kanan (ex-Deacon Sharpe, “The Bold and the Beautiful”), Lesli Kay (Felicia Forrester, “The Bold and the Beautiful”) and Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters, ”The Young and the Restless”).

            “The Bold and the Beautiful” airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on Check local listings.

            Discussion:  Hearst Ready to Whip ‘B&B’ Back into Shape

            • The Bold and the Beautiful
            • The Young and the Restless
            • Days of our Lives
            • General Hospital
            • Katherine Kelly Lang
            • Rick Hearst
            • Susan Flannery
            • Corbin Bernsen
            • Anthony Geary
            • Patrika Darbo
            • Sharon Case
            • Sean Kanan
            • Lesli Kay
            • Kristoff St. John
            • Charmed
            • Beverly Hills
            • 90210
            • Pacific Blue
            • Carpool Guy

              Sunday, May 10, 2009 11:35 PM EST | By Venus Stone

              ( — “Young and the Restless” viewers will continue to see a lot more of Michael Graziadei’s “Daniel Romalotti’ now that he’s renewed his contract on the daytime soap opera.

              Although there is no word yet as to how long Graziadei’s new contract will be, the renewal itself seemed to have come right on time as a new storyline for his character Daniel begins the week of May 11th, where ‘Daniel’ is asked to go undercover for the FBI.

              Graziadei, who joined the cast of “Y&R” in 2004 and nominated for two Daytime Emmy awards and one ‘Soap Opera Digest Award, has had time to work on guest star appearances in such shows as “Castle”, “Criminal Minds” which gave him the chance to work with former “Y&R” star, Shemar Moore, and “90210″. Graziadei also has several film roles under his belt, which includes: “Into the Blue 2: The Reef”, and “The Outsider”, which is in post production.

              “The Young and the Restless” airs Weekdays on CBS. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

              Discussion: Graziadei Continues His Time on ‘Restless’

              Sunday, May 10, 2009 10:32 PM EST | By Venus Stone

              ( — Congratulations are in order for the four final couples that have been selected for the final phase of ‘The Young and the Restless’ A Wedding of a Lifetime contest.

              Starting now until May 31st at 12:00 PT, viewers can go to Wedding of a Lifetime to watch the four finalist video repsonses sharing their most romantic moment together. After viewing, fans will have the opportunity to vote once per day on their favorite couple and made the determination as to who should win the wedding of a lifetime at MGM Grand.

              The winning couple will then be notified on May 31st and then on June 1st, the announcement of the winner will be shared live on the “Young and the Restless wedding website. The winning couple will have their wedding witnessed by “Y&R”s Christian Jules LeBlanc (“Michael Baldwin”) and Tracey E. Bregman (“Lauren Fenmore Baldwin”), with Grand Prize packaging provided by the Las Vegas Conventions and Visitors Authority and MGM Grand Las Vegas.

              Congratulations goes out to the following semi-finalists:

              • Gina R. and Matt M. from St. Petersburg, FL
              • Julie R. and Brian S. from Billerica, MA
              • Charlene L. and Willie W. from Bronx, NY
              • Cortnie G. and Chris V. from Corona, NY

              The Grand Prize winners will receive the following:

              Travel and Accommodations for Four

              • Roundtrip coach airfare to Las Vegas, hotel accommodations in the luxurious and romantic suites of The Signature at MGM Grand, transportation to/from the Las Vegas airport in MGM Grand limousines and $1,000.00 spending money.

              A Wedding Ceremony, Vow Renewal or Commitment Ceremony and Celebration that includes

              • A unique and romantic ceremony poolside at The Signature at MGM Grand.
              • Exquisite floral arrangements from the Forever Grand Wedding chapel at MGM Grand.
              • Ceremony music performed by the musicians of Cirque du Soleil’s “O” at Bellagio- a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
              • Photography package.
              • Dinner for six at Joël Robuchon, the only Michelin three star, Mobil Five-Star, AAA Five Diamond restaurant- the top accolades for each organization.
              • A beautiful and delicious hand-made wedding cake from MGM Grand’s award-winning pastry team.
              • Wedding attire including a wedding dress, bridesmaid dress and two tuxedo rentals.
              • Wedding bands for the couple.

              Pampering and Extras

              • Couple’s Dreaming Ritual signature spa treatment in an MGM Grand private spa suite.
              • Custom hair and make-up from Christophe Salon at MGM Grand- For more than 20 years, Christophe has tended to the tresses of rock and celebrity royalty from Beverly Hills to New York City.
              • VIP tickets for four to Cirque du Soleil’s “O” at Bellagio- an aquatic tapestry of artistry, surrealism and theatrical romance in a timeless production.

              “The Young and the Restless” airs Weekdays on CBS. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

              Discussion: ‘Y&R Wedding of Lifetime Moves to Finals

              Saturday, May 9, 2009 11:41 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

              ( — After portraying the role of Ric Lansing on ABC’s “General Hospital” since November 2002, actor Rick Hearst is ready to say goodbye to the role that awarded him two Daytime Emmy Awards and the soap that brought him full circle.

              In April, Soap Opera Network reported that Rick had been dropped to recurring status along with co-star Megan Ward (Kate Howard). Now a month later, Hearst has decided to move on from the daytime drama series and seek new endeavors.

              While it is unclear at this time why the actor opted to leave the show, the network has confirmed that his character will leave with a bang.

              “We’re saddened for ‘GH’ fans but personally thrilled for Rick. We wish him nothing but success. Rest assured that the character of Ric Lansing will have an exit you won’t want to miss,” ABC said in a statement released via

              Prior to his work on “GH”, Hearst starred in a number of daytime drama’s including NBC’s “Days of our Lives”, “CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful”, “Guiding Light” and “The Young and the Restless” He won his first Daytime Emmy Award in 1991 for his role on “GL” portraying Alan-Michael Spaulding.

              His last airdate is set for June.

              “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

              Discussion:  Rick Hearst Bids ‘GH’ Adieu

              • The Bold and the Beautiful
              • The Young and the Restless
              • Days of our Lives
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              • Rick Hearst
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